This may sounds like a strange question, but I find it vexing at times. We’re fond of saying things like “don’t let perfect get in the way of better” and recognizing that whatever we do will be better than what we’re doing now. At first blush this seems like a good approach, and it often is. Knowing that we will stumble, fail, and have to try again is key to maintaining progress and moving forward. And the knowledge that we will learn from our mistakes is the core of continuous improvement.
However, I’m sometimes met with challenges that suggest the prudent course is not to forge ahead. Trying to march headlong into some major change without having first laid the groundwork and properly observed the fundamentals can create a situation that is worse than the current state. This can lead to failure and discouragement among the team.
So the leader’s challenge lies in being both enthusiastic driver of change and admonisher of patience and caution. The trick is knowing when to be one and when to be the other.